Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School
Merthyr Dyfan Road
Vale of Glamorgan
Telephone: 01446 403500
Fax: 01446 403501
Philosophy & Religion
The PR department is a dynamic department that has taken a fresh approach to the teaching of Religious Education, allowing pupils to think deeply about a range of philosophical, theological, ethical, and spiritual questions in a modern and exciting way. We use innovative teaching techniques and lots of pupil-
To make the study of PR enjoyable and engaging.
To enable all pupils to have equal access to all that the department offers, with opportunities for all to reach their full potential in PR.
To develop in pupils a sense of self-
To create a stimulating and active learning environment.
Mrs Karen Stapleton -
In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. In Year 7 pupils start by asking fundamental questions about life such as ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘How did the universe begin?’ before moving on to study rites of passage which are examined in various religions through the Theatre of Learning experience. They also study food laws. In Year 8 pupils examine beliefs about life after death, how people worship and different places of worship and then pilgrimage. The course is delivered through a range of activities including discussion lessons, practical activities and personal investigations. Pupils have frequent opportunities to use ICT and are set meaningful and stimulating homework tasks throughout the year. Pupils are also encouraged to use a range of skills such as working with others, communication and improving their own learning in every lesson, which transfer well into all elements of their school life. Pupils are set in Year 9 and begin the GCSE WJEC Religious Studies course, completing two of the four topics that make up the first unit of the GCSE. Pupils undertake three assessments per year.
The pupils will sit a full course qualification in Religious Studies. Unit 1 will be taught from Year 9 and pupils will sit the examination in Year 10. This will make up 50% of their GCSE. Unit 2 will be examined in Year 11 and will also be 50% of the GCSE. The results of the two Units will be merged to create a full course qualification. In Unit 1 pupils will study ‘Religion and Philosophical Themes’. In this unit, they will study the core beliefs and teachings of Christianity and Judaism. This will include beliefs in God, religious practices, morality, places of worship and worship. Pupils will also study themes of ‘Life after Death’ and ‘Good and Evil’ from the perspective of Christianity, Judaism and non-
In Key Stage 5, throughout the AS and A2 course pupils study Ethics, Philosophy and Buddhism. In Ethics, pupils look at different approaches to moral issues such as deciding what the ‘right’ thing to do is, sexual ethics and medical ethics. In Philosophy, pupils learn how to use rational argument and philosophical reasoning to consider deep philosophical questions such as whether God exists. The beliefs and practices of the religion Buddhism is also studied. The qualification is one which is highly sought after by universities, colleges and employers. It can lead to a career in any area, many of which are listed above in Key Stage 4.
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